ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) - A nine-month long story of tragedy has finished another chapter. The family of Kira Steger laid her to rest, alongside of her great-great grandparents at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Wausau.
During the service, Father Allan Slowiak reminded the friends and family that everyone has a special story. “Each of us leaves a story to be read by others, and sometimes it takes a tragedy and the disrespect of a human body to wake us from slumber and shake us, to see the beauty of another person.”
The Steger family is still feeling the pain of losing their daughter, sister, and friend. Kira’s mother Marcie Steger says her daughter loved life and everyone around her. “It just amazes me that someone can care that much, and she did. She lived her life actually the way God says you should.”
Marcie Steger still has the nightmares, and wonders how Jeffrey Trevino could kill her daughter. Reflecting on the recent trial of her former son-in-law, Steger says, “Well, I’m glad at least it was a guilty verdict, but I believe it should have been “intentional.” Many others do as well.” Trevino was convicted of second degree murder without the intent of killing Kira Steger by a Ramsey County Minnesota jury in early October.
Kira’s youngest sister is 22-year-old Felicia Krejci of Wausau. She recalls Kira Steger being nine years older than her, and almost like another mom. Kreji says her sister would tell her everything and they communicated regularly. That’s why she knew from the beginning they would not find Kira Steger alive. She remembers her sister for her unending love, and for the many adventures they had together. Kreji is also now taking care of Kira’s dog, Cayman. Kreji’s biggest regret is that she didn’t travel to visit Kira on that Wednesday night in February, so that perhaps the outcome would have been different.
The death of Kira Steger started with a troubled marriage. Marci Steger advised families to talk to each other when something is wrong, and enjoy every minute of time you have together. “You cannot take anything for granted, because one minute, one day can change your entire world.”
As this chapter in the Steger’s family story closes, Marci again thanks the Twin Cities area volunteers, law enforcement, and prosecutors for their hard work. “I thank everyone, from the searching to the excellent job the St. Paul Police Department, the District Attorneys did. Excellent job and excellent teamwork. It was a lot of work for them.”
Kira Steger was one of three young women missing in the Twin Cities area at the same time. Danielle Jelinek was found dead in a swampy area near the home of Aaron Schnagle near Chisago Lakes, Minnesota. Schnagle is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges and claims he did not kill Jelinek. Mandy Matula is still missing and presumed dead. Her boyfriend took his own life. Marcie Steger keeps in touch with the Jelinek and Matula families. She talked to Jan Jelinek recently, and says they’ve become very close. Steger just received a message from Matula’s mother the other day. She says the three families know first hand how it feels to deal with this pain.
When asked about the months of searching for her daughter, Marci Steger says it was painful not being able to join the search parties. “I got asked that all of the time, but as mothers or people that were so close to her, you want them found more than anything but you can’t be the one to find them.”
Kira Steger is now at rest. Her ashes are buried next to her great-great grandparents in St. Michael’s Cemetery, just a few short feet away from Grand Avenue in Wausau.
Her father, Jay Steger spent countless hours helping volunteers search for his daughter. The family didn’t comment on why he was unable to attend the funeral.